In Memoriam - John Bradshaw

John Bradshaw
June 29, 1933 – May 8, 2016

John Elliot Bradshaw was an American educator, counselor, motivational speaker, and author. He was active in the self-help movement, and was credited with popularizing such ideas as the “wounded inner child” and the dysfunctional family. He hosted a number of PBS television programs on topics such as addiction, recovery, codependency, and spirituality.
Bradshaw acknowledged being born into a “troubled family” and abandoned by his alcoholic father. He later became an academic standout but had his own struggles with alcohol and drugs. He began speaking at Alcoholics Anonymous meetings, and his skill as a motivational speaker began to spread through Houston. In the mid-1970s he hosted a TV talk show that led to a national PBS series called “Bradshaw on the Family.”
Bradshaw wrote a series of best-selling books including Bradshaw on the Family and Healing the Shame That Binds You. He was a guest on virtually every TV talk show at the time—from Phil Donahue to Oprah and everyone in between.
Bradshaw died from heart failure. He was 82.


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